The Rector of the University of Vaasa is PhD Jari Kuusisto until 31st of December 2020.

The Rector leads the university’s operations and is responsible for managing the university affairs in an efficient, result-oriented and financially resourceful way.

Rector Suvi Ronkainen, who started her term in 2015, is performing special duties until 31st of July 2018 as a Senior Advisor.

Jari Kuusisto

  • Helsinki School of Economics (Aalto University) 1992-95
  • Kingston University, Small Business Research Centre, London 1995-1999
  • European Touch Oy Ltd., consulting for research and innovation policy, CEO 1995-
  • Technopolis Group Brighton 1999-2000
  • Head of SC-Research research group, University of Vaasa 2003-2015
  • MIT Sloan School of Management 2009-2010, 2013-14
  • Vice-rector, University of Vaasa, 2015-
  • Rector, University of Vaasa, until 31.12.2020

Rector Jari Kuusisto
Tel +358 29 449 8291
Email: rehtori(at)

Executive Assistant Linda Westerlund
Tel +358 29 449 8076
Email: firstname.surname(at)